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Unsure if I should go for an Executive MBA (especially @ Sloan)

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Basic profile:

Work experience: 13 years of Management and Analytics Consulting with Big 4 and Boutique consultancies (lots of Fortune 500 names as clients and now in a Sr Project/Program/Solution Leadership role on projects) + Real Estate on the side
College: Babson College
GPA: 3.5 (Top 15% of my graduating class)
Executive Assessment score: 165
Location: Boston area
Personal Life: Got a wife, kids, and a decent sized mortgage but no undergrad student debt

My conundrum is that I already make a quite a bit higher than the average MBA grad (~$250k) and I am unlikely to be sponsored by my company (small boutique = limited resources). I'm wondering if it makes sense to get my E-MBA especially since I am unlikely to need a significant career switch (want to stay in Analytics but eventually move upwards to the C-Suite in industry via one of the Operational Units).

I realize the question is vague but I am really unsure of what questions I should be asking to decide whether this is a good idea or not.
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Re: Unsure if I should go for an Executive MBA (especially @ Sloan)  [#permalink]

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New post 30 Sep 2018, 20:13
Hi MayBSchool, that is a witty ass screenname thanks for the laugh.

Interesting that you have an EA score but debating whether or not to take the leap.

For the EMBA, the value proposition is not so much centered around career switching but the idea that "what got you here won't get you there." Meaning, you need an MBA to be competitive for C-level jobs that interest you. You might want to think from the end here - where do you want to end up, and who makes decisions about how to fill that job? Work backward. See if an MBA is expected or will set you apart, I do expect it will for your field.

Most get an EMBA not to switch careers but maximize and accelerate their current path. It's about learning from colleagues and forming a tight, lifelong network of alliances you can reach out to over the course of your career.

If you pursue the Wharton EMBA, a bit different from Sloan, they actually cram in the entire full time curriculum into the Wharton EMBA, making it more similar to a full time program. They do have a bimonthly weekend residency requirement, but most applicants really feel they benefit from that in terms of forming close bonds. (you can take the fam, too)

From what I see, I encourage you to move forward in the process. Don't be afraid to make the admissions teams sing for their supper - pose these questions to them and follow up on referrals.

Cheers,
Farrell

MayBSchool wrote:
Basic profile:

Work experience: 13 years of Management and Analytics Consulting with Big 4 and Boutique consultancies (lots of Fortune 500 names as clients and now in a Sr Project/Program/Solution Leadership role on projects) + Real Estate on the side
College: Babson College
GPA: 3.5 (Top 15% of my graduating class)
Executive Assessment score: 165
Location: Boston area
Personal Life: Got a wife, kids, and a decent sized mortgage but no undergrad student debt

My conundrum is that I already make a quite a bit higher than the average MBA grad (~$250k) and I am unlikely to be sponsored by my company (small boutique = limited resources). I'm wondering if it makes sense to get my E-MBA especially since I am unlikely to need a significant career switch (want to stay in Analytics but eventually move upwards to the C-Suite in industry via one of the Operational Units).

I realize the question is vague but I am really unsure of what questions I should be asking to decide whether this is a good idea or not.

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